Archive | February, 2012

Favorites from the Weekend!

27 Feb

The Oscars!
Even though they can be silly I always enjoy watching the Oscars. I love seeing the beautiful dresses and the fanfare of it all.  I didn’t see many of the movies that were nominated this year but I still did ok with my balet picks, had a good time deciding which dresses were my most and least favorite and judging who’s acceptance speeches were the most genuine. Here are my Oscar winners and losers. *Katie*

Best dress: Michelle Williams

Absolutely gorgeous in Louis Vuitton

Sassiest pose: Angelina Jolie

ugh

Best Presenter: Emma Stone

So funny

Least Favorite Dress:

Sheri Shepard, is that your bra? No visible undergarments at the Oscars!

Biggest Surprise: Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords fame, wrote the  Muppets song, ‘Man or Muppet’ that won Best Original Song. I was not surprised that the song won, just that he wrote it and glad that he won an Oscar!

80 Degree Temps
It almost felt like summer this weekend with 80 degree temperatures.  I did my fair share of sunbathing.  Cookie Monster did her fair share of going on adventures…and sleeping. *Liz*

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Friday, I’m in LOVE…

24 Feb

…with Our Wedding Feature in Ceremony Magazine: San Diego 2012
Check it out!  Click on the picture below and go to pages 280-282.  *Liz*

Pages 280-282

…with The Suns
Specifically the Phoenix Suns circa mid-1990’s when Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, “Thunder Dan” Majerle, and Danny Ainge worked it all over the court. Steve Nash has also done a great job of keeping everyone entertained. I went to a game on Wednesday and was reminded of how much fun I used to have watching games with my dad growing up. My dad would get so excited, and the announcer, Al McCoy, would yell “Shazam” after every three point shot so you couldn’t help but feel pumped up. *Katie*

Dip Dyed Office Supplies

21 Feb

Posted by: Katie

Boring office supplies contribute to a boring office. I have seen dip dyed utensils before and opening my mail at work with my plain silver letter opener made me think about dressing up my office supplies. I do like the look of rhinestoned office supplies (obviously, I am attracted to anything that sparkles), but to DIY, it could take forever. Plus, I have seen a lot of rhinestoned staplers in my day so why not try something a little bit different?

I started with three simple items; a letter opener, scissors and stapler remover.

I taped up the silver parts showing on the two items I wanted to paint a base of silver on. I thought creating a uniform color before the “dip dye” look would help them all look like more of a set, and would allow the pop color to be closer to one side.

Once the silver paint was dry I sprayed some hot pink at the top and used a relatively close spray. Be careful with spray paint so it does not actually drip, the drip will not completely harden and you will muck it up.  I let the three items dry on top of a paint can.

The final result was a dressed up version of my basic office supplies with a fun pop of color.

Favorites From The Weekend!

20 Feb

The Amazing Race!
It’s back! Dave and I have watched this show religiously for a long time and I’m so glad the new season has started. I’m even more excited because their first destination was Argentina! *Liz*

Eastbound and Down
If you have HBO you know what this show is about.  It’s pretty much amazing; Dave loves this show probably more than he loves me. In fact, he made us watch last night’s season premiere twice. *Liz*

Sushi
I have always loved fish but for some reason have had an aversion to sushi. That has recently changed and I have been up for going to happy hour at Stingray. This last weekend Colby and I went to RA for sushi and had the “RA”llipop, “RA”ckin roll, the yellowtail and albacore Nigiri. I recommend them all. I know I am really late getting on the sushi bandwagon, but it was one of my favorite new things from the weekend :).   *Katie*

"RA"ckin roll - picture found on the internet

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

17 Feb

…with Pasadena, CA
Last weekend I visited Pasadena. It is such a charming place and I took some pictures of some of the things that made me smile. *Katie*

City Hall, Cherry Blossom Trees, Succulent Wreath & Rose Bowl Swap Meet

…with Awards Shows
The Grammys are always one of my favorites. This year’s show was great and even though I didn’t get to catch the whole thing because I forgot to record the first part I had some high and low lights. Highlights: Adele rocked it. She had an amazing performance after recovering from all of her throat problems and really won my heart with her humble and excited acceptance speech. Katy Perry took her cue from Adele and used her breakup with Russell Brand to perform a great new angry song. Lowlights: Nicki Minaj. From her red carpet arrival with the “pope” to her creepy exorcism performance I wasn’t feeling any of it.  *Katie*

uh uh

…with Valentine’s Day
I have always been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, probably mostly because it is my brother’s birthday, and I always had so much fun giving and receiving silly Valentines in school. This year was extra special because it was Arizona’s 100th birthday and of course, I got to celebrate with my Valentine. *Katie*

…with Häagen-Dazs Sorbet
This stuff is amazing.  I did my grocery shopping this week with every intention of not buying cookies or cake, but we all know I can’t go a day without something sweet so I settled for this sorbet.  I bought the Raspberry, Strawberry, and Blackberry Cabernet flavors; all are so delicious and sweet, and they’re all natural with ZERO fat calories.  They also come in Orchard Peach, Zesty Lemon, Mango, and Chocolate.  I’ll be going back for more this weekend. *Liz*

…with DVR Catch-Up!
South America was AMAZING (I’ll post all about it next week)!  However, our DVR is so backed up all I’ve been doing after work this week  is parking myself on the couch in my little nest of a couch-bed and watching as many shows as I can.  Also, Cookie Monster couldn’t be more excited we are home. *Liz*

Friday, I’m in LOVE…

10 Feb

…with Ingrid Michaelson’s latest album
Human Again
I’m a big fan of Ingrid.  Her latest album doesn’t disappoint! *Liz*

…with last minute roadtrips!

I am on my way to Pasadena! After this week, it will be nice to have a little getaway! *Katie*

Tea Time

8 Feb

Posted By: Katie

In my opinion, tea time is one of the best times. At the end of the day or on a chilly afternoon it is one of the best ways to relax, reflect, and unwind.

Tea time at Mohonk

Black tea with a little milk

I am always on the lookout for my next favorite tea and certain brands have really stood out. I was first introduced to Harney & Sons teas on a cruise that served their Chamomile flavor and I was hooked. I ordered a couple of boxes when I got home and when I had a Royal Wedding viewing party I looked to them for a couple of teas to add to the beverage options. They did not disappoint with flavors called Earl Grey Imperial, Tower of London Blend, and even Royal Wedding Tea.

And look how pretty their tins are!

I have also found that I really like tea with hibiscus flowers in it. One great tea with hibiscus is Starbucks Passion tea. You can get this at Starbucks or buy the tea packets for home.

Hibiscus teas

Teavana is a great place to go for really unique and delicious teas and blends. Their accessories are very expensive though. I got a cast iron tea pot that is just as pretty and functional as any pot from Cost Plus World Market  for $15 as opposed to $150. I also got a cast iron teapot warmer (you place a tea light in the middle to keep your teapot warm) there for $10.

Their blooming teas are fun to try

Cast iron teapot and warmer

If you’re into trying new, girly things, a fun activity to do with either girlfriends or your grandmother/mom/aunt is to go to high tea at a local resort. If you live near a Ritz Carlton, check it out and make a reservation for tea and an assortment of treats or finger sandwiches.

Also, if you go to London make a reservation for tea at the Georgian in Harrods. I made sure to go to an afternoon tea there when I was living in London for the summer after college. It was so much fun! Before we went to the Victoria and Albert museum, and afterwards we explored Harrods and tried on fascinators!

Tea at Harrods

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